As a young girl, Liz Venom dreamed of animating for Disney films. She spent hours drawing and dreaming. However, as she grew older, she realized that Disney might not be in the cards and that she preferred drawing/physical art to digital animation. For a time her art fell to side while she just focused on life. Liz became a bartender and manager, and then she studied hospitality management and started a chef’s apprenticeship, but gave it up because she hated the hours. It was her now husband who suggested tattooing as a career. She told us, “I love art, and there really is no bigger compliment than someone wanting to put your art on them forever.”
Liz started her apprenticeship in mid-2011 and now works alongside Khan for half the year at his private studio in Brisbane, Australia. She loves it there, “there is nothing not to like about waking up every day in tropical paradise!” She also spends half the year at her own studio, Bombshell Tattoo Galerie in Edmonton Canada, and tries to travel as much as she can between the shops.
Influenced by botanical artists such as Pierre-Joseph Readouté and Igor Levashov, Liz describes her style as ‘oil painterly realism’. “I love the fact that when I tattoo a piece in an oil painterly style, I’m not constrained by the narrow scope that is ‘realism’ because I can still put my heart and soul into the piece. There is still a little piece of me in every piece I create, it’s not just a replicated flower from a photo, it’s my version of it.”
When she’s not tattooing, Liz enjoys hiking. She also enjoys attending flower shows or garden centers to take photos for her own reference.
What advice do you have for someone planning his or her first tattoo?
Jump on Instagram and browse #tattoo or #ink and find pieces you like. When you start to see a familiar trend in [the] style of the pieces you are liking, then approach an artist that does a similar style and let them know what you want. Good work isn’t cheap and good artists are extremely busy. So make sure you know roughly what you want and you have contacted an artist that does that style, and you have saved up your pennies and are ready to book before asking your artist to dedicate time to seeing you.
Don’t let your art get bogged down with excessive amounts of meaning; it’s just art have fun! It can mean something for sure, but it certainly doesn’t have to!
What advice do you have for a tattoo artist who is just getting started?
Never go it on your own, alway seek an apprenticeship and work harder than you did yesterday, every day. Take criticism, listen, work, and stay humble.
Contact Liz Venom
For bookings and inquiries, use the contact form on her website, lizvenom.com.
Images © Liz Venom